Yarchetei Tzafon & Satan is the God of Death

Appendix 6: Yarchetei Tzafon & Appendix 7: Satan is the God of Death  

Gog is said to come from the “the farthest sides of the North,” a phrase used five times in Scripture. In Hebrew it is [יַרְכְּתֵ֥י צָפֽוֹן yarchetei tzafon]. It is used to reference to God’s abode.  

In the city of our God, In His holy mountain…Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north [יַרְכְּתֵ֥י צָפֽוֹן yarchetei tzafon], The city of the great King (Psa 48:1-2).  

That city is identified as heavenly: “Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” (Heb 12:22). We also recall how Satan said he wanted to:  

“‘…ascend into heaven, [he said] I will exalt my throne above the stars [angels] of God; I will also sit on the mount(ain) of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north” [יַרְכְּתֵ֥י צָפֽוֹן yarchetei tzafon] (Isa 14:13).  

In Ezekiel 28, we are told that Satan was “on the holy mountain of God” (Ezek 28:14). These usages demonstrate how the phrase is not referring to a physical realm place but a spiritual / heavenly place. In other words, the spiritual dimension is a place. It is not just an abstraction; it is there in the geographical area compatible with God’s presence, but is in a dimensionally different space that we cannot see, walk, drive, or fly to. 

When Ezekiel used the phrase three times in Ezekiel 38-39, it was already established as a spiritual place rather than purely physical.  

  • “Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north [יַרְכְּתֵ֥י צָפֽוֹן yarchetei tzafon], and all its troops–many people are with you. (Ezek 38:6)  
  • “Then you will come from your place out of the far north [יַרְכְּתֵ֥י צָפֽוֹן yarchetei tzafon], you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. (Ezek 38:15) 
  • “and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north [יַרְכְּתֵ֥י צָפֽוֹן yarchetei tzafon], and bring you against the mountains of Israel. (Ezek 39:2) 

We may conclude that the army coming from the far north may not merely be a topographical reference but likely has a dual reality: partly physical and definitely spiritual. This makes perfect sense when we see Satan and his angels, who had previously been confined only to the spiritual realm, forced into this realm: “nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer, (Rev 12:8) the great dragon was cast out…to the earth” (Rev 12:9). We also see these beings go out to gather the nations to the great battle:  

Figure 60. The approximate locations of people described in Ezekiel 38-39. 

For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Rev 16:14) 

So, we see the armies that will face each other: on one side Gog’s hordes comprised of humans who have become hybrids. On the other side the heavenly hosts who will now operate openly in the earthly realm. 

Appendix 7: Satan is the God of Death  

For us to make sense of some of the end times prophecies about Satan (the great dragon), we need to recall that before the cross, Satan had the “power of death” (Heb 2:14) and ruled mankind “through fear of death [who] were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Heb 2:15). Satan is the god of death, the god of the underworld (Sheol / Hades) and known as a mountain, three points that will connect many dots.  

We recall from our studies in Corrupting the Image 2 how Satan’s secret logogram 12041 BAD death BAD, hidden in the Hermon inscription (BATios), revealed him as the god of death. 347 The plural and imperfect singular stem of uš (to die) is ug7, 348 Sumerologist John Halloran points out how one of the words for lion in Sumerian was “ug(2): n., rage, anger, fury; storm(-demon); lion; wild animal; lamentation.” He also notes it is related to “ug4,5,7,8: n., death; dead person. v., to kill; to die (singular and plural marû stem; plural ‹amu, which is sometimes reduplicated; cf., úš).” 349 

Professor Amar Annus notes that Dagan and Enlil “share the logogram BAD (=IDIM). The name of Dagan is written logographically dKUR … a shortened form of Enlil’s epithet KUR.GAL ‘great mountain.’”350 One of Enlil’s major epithets was KUR-GAL (great mountain) which was also ascribed to god the Amorites (Amurru / MARTU) demonstrating that they were “one and the same god.”351 Furthermore Frans Wiggermann notes how Nergal, god of the underworld was another syncretism of Enlil and was explicitly called the “Enlil of the mountain (kur netherworld).” 352 Additionally, Nergal / Ninurta was “the lion, whom the Great Mountain (= Enlil) engendered,”353 and also “Enlil the Great Mountain made obeisance to him.”354  

Hence Satan was the god of the dead (BAD), was god of the underworld (via Nergal) and was described as a mountain (KUR-GAL). These points are true for his aliases, the gods of death: Dagon, Molech, Addu, and Isthara.355  

We also recall that Satan was known definitively as the great dragon in the ancient world by the names Ushumgal, mušuššu and Basmu.  

 “Ušumgallu also designates a host of Mesopotamian deities, including Marduk … His exalted position over humanity is expressed in the appellation, “great dragon of the heavens and earth.” 356 The Ušumgallu was also known as the Anzu bird or ‘lion-dragon’ 357 whose foremost quality was “being a determined killer, killing probably with its venom, and frightening even the gods.”358  

Figure 61. UŠUMGAL or Anzu bird Icon By editor Austen Henry Layard, drawing by L. Gruner – Monuments of Nineveh. 

Another dragon was the Bašmu snake-dragon (Bashan in the Bible and sometimes as a catch all term for dragon). It was a determined killer, and was a suitable epithet for gods and kings! 359 Bashmu, in astronomy, was the constellation Hydra 360, the seven headed dragon361 killed “by the god Ningirsu or Ninurta.”362 “Nergal’s divine staff was as ‘awe-inspiring as a serpent’ and Ninurta’s mace consisted of seven snake-like heads.”363 Furthermore, Nergal / Ninurta / Enlil) was described as: “[ú-šum]-gal-lu ṣīru tābik imti elišunu “The majestic, great dragon who pours his venom upon them.” 364  

Figure 62. Ninurta killing one of the heads of the seven-headed serpent. Bible Review, Oct. 1992, 28 (=ANEP #671) (Early Dynastic). Courtesy of the Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem. 

Nergal god of the underworld and syncretism of Ninurta, Melqart, Marduk and Enlil, was called a seven-headed snake. The great dragon of Revelation has “seven heads and ten horns,” (Rev 12:3) as does the Beast, who has “seven heads and ten horns” (Rev 13:1). Not only does the iconography reveal a great dragon,365 but John saw “one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the Beast (Rev 13:3). Looking at Figure 62 above, we see that one of the heads is mortally wounded. God is revealing that the symbols in Revelation relate directly back to the false gods of Babylon.   

Figure 63. Ninurta with wings. 

There were many variations of the dragon, but they all lead back to a merging of Enlil and Ninurta (Satan and Nimrod). Jacobsen notes that with Ninurta “in time the animal forms were rejected in favor of imagining the god in human form only.”366 The lion with wings found in Old Babylonian, Akkadian (Assyrian), and Neo-Babylonian iconography is the same description we find in the Book of Daniel:  

“The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it” (Dan 7:4).  

The next two creatures, the bear and leopard, are also predators like the lion.  

“And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’ (Dan 7:5) “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it. (Dan 7:6)  

The bear, “raised up on one side” appears unbalanced, a likely reference to the supremacy of the Persians in the Medo-Persian empire who came after the Neo-Babylonian empire. This same imbalance is present in the vision Daniel has in chapter eight: “was a ram which had two horns, and the Two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last” (Dan 8:3). The angel gives a plain interpretation about the ram with “two horns–they are the kings of Media and Persia” (Dan 8:20). The imbalanced bear in chapter seven is also Medo-Persia. The meaning of the three ribs is not clear but Persia did indeed devour much flesh in the amount of territory they conquered, which included Babylon.  

In 331 BC, Darius III, the last Persian king, was defeated by Alexander the Great at the Battle of Gaugamela. The angel told Daniel “the male goat is the kingdom of Greece” (Dan 8:21). The leopard is known for its great speed and Alexander the great conquered Babylon and the entire Persian empire with incredible speed. The four wings and four heads are almost certainly referring to the four generals who succeeded Alexander the great. In chapter eight, the angel says plainly: “the male goat is the kingdom of Greece” (Dan 8:21a). He then follows up “The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king” (Dan 8:21b); the first king is Alexander the Great.  

Lastly, he interprets: “As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power” (Dan 8:22). The vision of chapters seven and eight are one and the same though chapter eight focuses only on Medo-Persia and Greece (and its subsequent kingdoms). John also notes characteristics of “the beast… like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion” (Rev 13:2). In each succeeding kingdom, the management changed but Satan’s (detestable) worship system remained in effect. 

The Beast that will ascend out of the abyss, therefore, is the culmination and composite of the three kingdoms which ruled Babylon and supported the woman. The Beast will possess all their power, strength, speed, influence, authority, glory, and pride. The Beast will have a fierce countenance (Dan 8:23) and his power will not be his own (Dan 8:24). The source of the beast’s power will come from Satan himself. “The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. (Rev 13:2) It will be a repeat of what he previously did with Nimrod (Ninurta), “whom Enlil has exalted above himself” 367  

These dragons and amalgamated creatures represent Enlil and his various syncretisms such as Nergal, Ninurta, Marduk, etc. Their common identifier is that they are fierce killers which is why their impersonator himself is called “death” and are often known as the god of the underworld. Hence Satan is the king (god) of death, the god of the underworld (Sheol / Hades). Put another way, Death (מָ֔וֶת Mavet) and Sheol or Death and Hades are epithets of Satan. It is important for us to have the right understanding of what comes next: the covenant with death and Sheol / Hades grants Satan authority over mankind.  

Gog and Magog in the Millennium?

Appendix 3: Gog and Magog in the Millennium?

Some have suggested Gog and Magog must be a reference to what is going to happen after the millennium since in Revelation 20:8 we read:  

“Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison Rev 20:7 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. Rev 20:8” 

After the thousand years have expired, when Satan has been put into the abyss, he is put into the bôr sometimes known as the bottomless pit, he will be there a thousand years and there will be this wonderful time on planet Earth. Satan will not be there, but then he will be released.  

However, since we know the meaning of Gog as enmity / death the mention of Gog after the thousand years of bliss is readily understandable: the enemy or that which has enmity and is hostile toward God’s kingdom, will reappear on earth after Satan’s release will allow him again to regain his quality of opposer, enemy warrior like first time and challenge God one final time. Now it makes so much more sense. Now Rev 20 doesn’t have to be placed before the tribulation. No, this can still happen after the thousand years reign of Christ. We are also told that there will be no more warfare in the age to come.  

“He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Isa 2:4  

The reference to bucklers and shields in Ezekiel 38 describes God’s strategy of driving Gog’s armies using the “hook” towards the great valley of Judgement. This event definitely happens before the great Armagedon battle. Hence we can exclude it from the Millennium time frame. After the thousand years, Satan the enemy will gather those with enmity against God after his release in Revelation 20. The only aggressive act that they perform is surrounding the beloved city. There is no mention of weapons; it does not say that they have any type of warfare other than that they surround the city and then fire comes down from God and destroys them. There is no reason that the Gog and Magog of Revelation 20 pose a conflict to what we see in Ezekiel 38-39; and that Ezekiel 38-39 is in fact the time of the tribulation. 

Comparison of Gog and Beast / Antichrist

Appendix 2: Comparison of Gog and Beast / Antichrist

In addition to the linguistic evidence, we also have a lot of Scriptural evidence that shows that Gog is the same person as the Beast. There are two different titles for the same individual. Gog in Ezekiel 38 and 39 is the same person that we read about as the little horn in the Book of Daniel and the beast in Revelation. He has a lot of different titles just as we discovered Satan had many titles in the ancient world such as Enlil, Marduk, Baal, etc.  

To properly demonstrate they are the same, we also have to consider the Two passages that speak of the battle they fight. The timing of the battle of Gog and Magog is sometimes considered to be years before the battle of Armageddon and questioning that timing is difficult to entertain because it means radical changes in one’s already crystalized beliefs eschatological systems which are built one on another. I am sympathetic if you consider them to be separate events; I once did as well. There have been many theologies I abandoned because I could not reconcile them with all of Scripture. If you are like me, however, knowing what really is going to happen is more exciting than holding on to a theology. Thus, I respectfully and sympathetically request you to consider the evidence with me to see if Gog’s war in Ezekiel 38 and 39 is the same as Armageddon. 

There are powerful reasons that Gog and Antichrist are the same person and Gog’s war, and Armageddon are one and the same event. God established the principle of two or three witnesses (Deut 19:15). That means, for an event as epic and literally earth shaking as the Gog-war it must have another witness, it cannot be an outlier. Indeed, God gave multiple witnesses about the Gog war when he spoke “in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years” (Ezek 38:17). 

The outline below presents a heading with the feature common to both Gog and his war and the Beast and Armageddon. The Ezekiel passage is first followed by other passages that speak of the Beast (Antichrist, man of sin, son of Perdition, little horn, etc.). We will see that many prophets before Ezekiel did indeed speak about Gog and his war. In another chapter we will consider the name Gog and how it is an excellent title of Israel’s coming enemy. 

  1. Gog and the Beast at the end of days / end of years 
  1. “After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come …mountains of Israel… (Ezek 38:8) It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land…(Ezek 38:16) 
  1.  “what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be. (Dan 8:19) “And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, (Dan 8:23) “…it refers to many days in the future.” (Dan 8:26)  
  1. sealed till the time of the end. (Dan 12:9) 
  1. God will bring Gog / Beast to Israel  
  1. “and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel. (Ezek 39:2) 
  1. “But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. (Dan 11:44) “And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him. (Dan 11:45) 
  1. they gathered them together to the place… called in Hebrew, Armageddon. (Rev 16:16) 
  1. Gog and the world nations (featured in Gen 10 table nations) attack Israel  
  1. “Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief [rosh] prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him Persia, Cush, and Put333 are with them… Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-Togarmah…many peoples are with you. (Ezek 38:2, 5-6, ESV) 
  1. “I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. (Zech 12:3) “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. (Zech 12:9) 
  1. I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem. (Zech 14:2) 
  1. Evil plans (thoughts) and boastful 
  1. thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: (Ezek 38:10) “You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely….(Ezek 38:11)  
  1. “And in the latter time …A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes. (Dan 8:23) His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. (Dan 8:24)  
  1. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God…(Rev 13:6) 
  1. “Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; (Dan 8:25)  
  1. Global shaking because of God’s presence, walls fall  
  1. “For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, (Ezek 38:19) ‘so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ (Ezek 38:20) 
  1. Upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up; (Isa 2:14) Upon every high tower, and upon every fortified wall; (Isa 2:15)  
  1. every mountain and island was moved out of its place. (Rev 6:14) 
  1. there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. (Rev 8:5) 
  1. the temple of God was opened in heaven…there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake. (Rev 11:19) 
  1. there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. (Rev 16:18) (so they are not found Rev 16:20) 
  1. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the LORD of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger. (Isa 13:13)  
  1. The earth is violently broken, The earth is split open, The earth is shaken exceedingly. (Isa 24:19) The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut; Its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it will fall, and not rise again. (Isa 24:20)  
  1. Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; (Isa 40:4) 
  1. He stood and measured the earth; He looked and startled the nations. And the everlasting mountains were scattered, The perpetual hills bowed. His ways are everlasting. (Hab 3:6) 
  1. God’s Face is Seen, Fire and brimstone rain on Gog 
  1. “when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord GOD, “that My fury will show in My face. (Ezek 38:18) “For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath (Ezek 38:19) 
  1. the LORD will come with fire And with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. (Isa 66:15) For by fire and by His sword The LORD will judge all flesh; And the slain of the LORD shall be many. (Isa 66:16) 
  1. when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, (2Thess 1:7) in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God (2Thess 1:8) 
  1. and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! (Rev 6:16)  
  1. They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, From the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily. (Isa 2:19) 
  1. He stood and measured the earth; He looked and startled the nations. And the everlasting mountains were scattered, The perpetual hills bowed. His ways are everlasting. (Hab 3:6) 
  1. “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matt 24:30) 
  1. The day of the LORD comes, Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it. (Isa 13:9) 
  1. Their armies are confused and attack one another 
  1. “I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord GOD. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. (Ezek 38:21)  
  1. It shall come to pass in that day That a great panic from the LORD will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor, and raise his hand against his neighbor’s hand; (Zech 14:13) 
  1. Great hailstones  
  1. great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. (Ezek 38:22) 
  1. the temple of God was opened in heaven…there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail. (Rev 11:19) 
  1. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. (Rev 16:21) 
  1. Pestilence, bloodshed, fire brimstone 
  1. “And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. (Ezek 38:22) 
  1. Rev 19:11-21 Jesus treads winepress, Battle / Day of the Lord 
  1. Rev 14:16-20 winepress, earth reaped, blood to horses’ bridles  
  1. “I have trodden the winepress alone…And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments… (Isa 63:3) 
  1. there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Rev 6:12) 
  1. “I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. (Joel 2:30) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. (Joel 2:31) 
  1. Gog and the Beast are Destroyed at the end of the battle  
  1. “I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel…Therefore they will call it the Valley of Hamon Gog. (Ezek 39:11) 
  1. “the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. (Dan 7:11) 
  1. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet …These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. (Rev 19:20) 
  1. “And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” (Isa 66:24) 
  1.  Birds Feast on Kings and horses (Nergal) at God’s supper 
  1. ‘Speak to every sort of bird and to every beast of the field: “Assemble yourselves and come; Gather together from all sides to My sacrificial meal Which I am sacrificing for you, A great sacrificial meal on the mountains of Israel, That you may eat flesh and drink blood. (Ezek 39:17) You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, Drink the blood of the princes of the earth… (Ezek 39:18) You shall be filled at My table With horses and riders, With mighty men And with all the men of war,” says the Lord GOD. (Ezek 39:20) 
  1. Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, (Rev 19:17) “that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” (Rev 19:18) 
  1. After both battles weapons of war are destroyed  
  1. “Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears… (Ezek 39:9) 
  1. They shall beat their swords into plowshares… (Isa 2:4) 
  1. God’s name no longer be profaned…  
  1. “Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ (Ezek 38:23) 
  1. “So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. (Ezek 39:7)  
  1. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. (Rev 19:21) 
  1. God pours out His Spirit and not hide face 
  1. ‘And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord GOD.” (Ezek 39:29) 
  1. With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” Says the LORD, your Redeemer. (Isa 54:8) 
  1. “I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look to Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (Zech 12:10) 
  1. After both battles “It is done”  
  1. “Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord GOD. “This is the day of which I have spoken. (Ezek 39:8) 
  1. in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel…the mystery of God would be finished. (Rev 10:7) 
  1. 7th trumpet: “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Rev 11:15) The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints…And should destroy those who destroy the earth.” (Rev 11:18)  
  1. 7th Bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” (Rev 16:17)  
  1. After Battle – God shows his glory among the nations 
  1. “I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the LORD. (Ezek 39:6) 
  1. “I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgment (Ezek 39:21) 
  1. the great city was divided…the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered…(Rev 16:19) 

Table of Nations 

All nations will come against Jerusalem. All the nations in Ezekiel 38 and 39 represent all the sons of Noah, which are the stock that all people came from. Not every nation is mentioned as that would take a while and they change their names over time. Nevertheless, by comparing the nations of Ezekiel 38-39, we can see how they represent the people from the Genesis 10 Table of Nations. 

In Midrash Wayosha’ (Jellinek, “B. H.” i. 56) Gog is the leader of the seventy-two nations of the world, minus one (Israel), and makes war against the Most High; he is smitten down by God.334 

The names in Genesis 10 were the descendants of Japhet, Ham, and Shem, the three sons of Noah. They all went to their respective places, and they had children, and they became people groups. Over time, continued to spread out all over the world. Rather than trying to pin a biblical place to a specific geographical location (e.g., Cush = Ethiopia), we get a much broader view if we realize that the text is talking about the nations of the world. The peoples in Ezekiel 38 are the same as those of the table of nations. 

Ezekiel 38 Reflecting the Table of Nations Gen 10 Table of Nations Common References in both & Modern equivalent335 
“Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief [rosh] prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him Persia, Cush, and Put336 are with them… Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-Togarmah…many peoples are with you. (Ezek 38:2, 5-6, ESV) The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. (Gen 10:2) The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. (Gen 10:3) The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. (Gen 10:4)The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. (Gen 10:6) The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. (Gen 10:7) The sons of Shem were Elam (Persia/Iran cf AmTrac Dic), Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram. (Gen 10:22) Sons of Japheth  Gomer = Turkey (Cimmerians)  Magog = Turkey Tubal = Near Black Sea / Georgia  Meshech =Turkey Beth-togarmah – Asia Minor Countries including the “istan” countries and Georgia, Armenia Sons of Ham Cush = Ethiopia Put = Somalia Son of Shem Elam = Iran 

Table 14. Genesis 10 Table of Nations. 

Figure 59. Division of peoples throughout the world based on Genesis 10. 

Looking at the map, green are the sons of Ham, yellow are the sons of Shem, and pink are the sons of Japheth. These areas where the various people groups settled; and then they spread out from there. They went east to Asia, west to Europe, and eventually to America, and they went north and south. All these different groups have gone out from there. We do not have to look only exclusively around the nation of Israel. We do not have to only look in the Middle East even though it has a big part to play. The bottom line is we are looking at the entire world.  

God’s Plan Versus Gog’s 

Chapter 16 of Corrupting the Image 3 : God’s Plan Versus Gog’s 

We now come to the nail-biting, edge of your seat, hold your breath climax to Satan’s long and terrible war he has waged against his Creator since the Garden of Eden. Satan has the “whole world in his hands” and under his authority, which gives him legal immunity to be able to fight against his all-powerful enemy.  

Gog’s first strategic move: He (Satan / the Beast) has established his army of two hundred million, ferocious Pabilsag-chimeras that can fly, breath fire, and sting (Rev 9). He did so when Satan, the fallen star, “opened the bottomless pit” (Rev 9:2), and a horde of hybridized creatures emerge. They will have “as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon” (Rev 9:11). Satan (the Beast) is getting all of his forces together in order to fight the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  

Gog’s next move: Perhaps more than a billion people have upgraded to “god” status and have taken the mark of the Beast, which Satan used to recreate mankind in his own image. They have been enveloped in the Hive mind, completely under Satan’s control. Upon those not willing to take the mark, Satan has been waging war “and prevailing against them” (Dan 7:21). Billions have died and Satan’s hordes will only stop “when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered” (Dan 12:7). 

Things look very bleak, and the last ray of light is fading into darkness; hope seems lost. It would be like if Hitler were about to destroy the last standing Allied bunker; or as if Sauron were about to cast his shadow completely over Middle Earth. It is only a matter of days or weeks until life—as we know it—on earth is lost; and there is no one on earth left to stop the Beast.  

The Beast’s third move: His attention turns towards the Land of Israel, the modern State of Israel. Why would he need to invade Israel when he seemingly already has the entire world under his control? His dream of usurping and claiming the very Mountain of God, Mount Zion and Jerusalem, where God placed His name, seems to be coming true. The temptation of achieving victory runs high in Gog’s camp—for him to assert his lifelong dream for which he had already been banished:  

“For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north’ (Isa 14:13); ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High’” (Isa 14:14).  

But God has His plan. Unbeknownst to Satan, God has set a trap for him. Satan thinks he will win, but it will be a deadly trap. Notice how God says He will bring the nations to Jerusalem: 

  • I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it (Zech 12:2–3). 
  • For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem (Zech 14:2).  
  • I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel … (Joel 3:2). 
  • “I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army… (Ezek 38:4). It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land” (Ezek 38:16). 

The language in the preceding verses is incredible! God will gather all the nations and “put a hook” into the Beast’s / Gog’s jaws to bring him to the modern state of Israel where he will fall. The Beast thinks he is invincible because he holds the contract of death and Sheol. He thinks he has God in an awkward position to such an extent that he has been blaspheming him and those who dwell in heaven. He has nearly complete victory, but will get sucked into a trap that God is laying for him. He wants to attack the modern state of Israel. And that is exactly where God wants him, by using the “hook” in his jaw to drive him into the trap. Gog does not understand God’s ways, as Micah points out:  

“Now also many nations have gathered against you, who say, ‘Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion’ (Mic 4:11). But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD, nor do they understand His counsel; for He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor” (Mic 4:12). 

We will see how God threshes them like sheaves in a dramatic way in a later chapter. The Beast’s plan nevertheless suffers a setback. While extending his power and subjugating Egypt, some shocking information will affect him. The news will be the “hook in his jaw,” the very tool God will use. 

“He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape” (Dan 11:42). “He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt …” (Dan 11:43). “News from the east and the north shall trouble him” (Dan 11:44). 

Whatever the news is, it works. His fury escalates, and he becomes wrathful due to this news. “Therefore, he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many” (Dan 11:44). He sets out for Jerusalem, the holy mountain:  

“And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him” (Dan 11:45). 

He will muster the swarm-hive-mind of the marked horde (Dan 8:12; 11:31)​​ who resemble zombies coming from the world over (Ezek 38:15) to Jerusalem to destroy the last remnant of Jerusalemites (Zech 14:2).  

Assembling Satan’s Army 

Despite the Beast’s strategy, he does not know the mind of the Lord as Ezekiel records: 

You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples [ammim rabbim וְעַמִּ֥ים רַבִּ֖ים] with you (Ezek 38:9). Thus says the Lord GOD: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan (Ezek 38:10): You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates (Ezek 38:11)—to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land’” (Ezek 38:12). 

Remember, God is putting a hook in his jaw to draw him to Israel. Surprisingly, his evil plan has to do with plunder and booty, possibly general terms for everything that is of value in Israel, including Israel’s advanced achievements in science, works of art, warfare, temple artifacts and their scrolls, which are treasure. Other nations seem surprised by this when they ask: 

“Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?” (Ezek 38:13). 

Their question may be one of incredulity—in other words: You have the entire world, and now you are coming to take plunder? Really? Perhaps they are surprised that such would be his excuse. In any case, we do not precisely know the intent behind the words. Nevertheless, we know for certain that God is drawing him and all the nations together against Jerusalem for a purpose:  

  • “You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes” (Ezek 38:16). 

The modern state of Israel will suddenly find itself at the heart of the earth’s ire. While this will not be the first time, it will look to be the last time. After all, who can make war with the Beast? There will be no earthly solution to this incredible predicament. But who is there? There is no one on earth that can do this, though there is One in heaven who can. But He will not come back until invited.  

Gog Attacks Those Brought Back from the Sword 

In the last days, Gog will come against a land restored from war whose people were brought back from the sword.  

Figure 34. Hagana Ship arriving in Israel after WWII. 

“In the latter years you will go against the land that is restored from war [שׁוֹבֶ֣בֶת מֵחֶ֗רֶב those brought back from the sword], the land whose people were gathered from many peoples upon the mountains of Israel, which had been a continual waste. Its people were brought out from the peoples” (Ezek 38:8a).  

There can be no doubt that people of the modern state of Israel are those people who were gathered from many peoples, gathered from the sword, and came back to Israel, which was a continual waste (we will unpack that later).  

Figure 35. Jews being rescued from a Nazi concentration camp. 

Hitler’s Final Solution was a “sword” of the most horrible kind; it was a deliberate, intentional, genocidal mass-murder of the Jewish people. In fact, just before committing suicide, Hitler dictated a document of how he wasn’t responsible for the war, but the Jews were. In his closing line, he stated, “Above all I charge the leaders of the nation and those under them to scrupulous observance of the laws of race and to merciless opposition to the universal poisoner of all peoples, International Jewry.”249 

Hitler wanted to kill every one of them; thankfully, he failed.  

Modern Israel Dwelling Securely 

A key feature that will be in place when Gog invades Israel is that the people who dwell [labetach] there feel that they are safe. Whether or not it is true, that is the sense.  

And now [וְיָשְׁב֥וּ לָבֶ֖טַח כֻּלָּֽם] dwell securely, all of them [= for the security: labetach לָבֶ֖טַח]. (Ezek 38:8b). 

What does it mean to dwell securely? Is Israel dwelling securely today? There are still people who want to kill them; yet despite that, Israel enjoys a great deal of security. In fact, compared to the conditions the Jewish people have experienced over the past 1,800 years, they have never been more secure than they are today. Despite constant threats from the south and the north, ever since the State of Israel has been established, they have succeeded in developing a system of security that makes their lives practically undisturbed. This has been experienced by countless tourists visiting Israel throughout the years. Even with minor border wars and isolated incidents, the people and visitors to Israel have always pursued their activities unaffected and secure. This is a fact proven many times. Thus, God asks Gog, “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely [labetachלָבֶ֖טַח], will you not know it?” (Ezek 38:14).  

The Security forces in Israel (also known as Israel security establishment) is in Hebrew [מערכת הבטחון‎] Ma’arechetha’Bitachon which comes from the same word betach. The security establishment includes a variety of organizations, including law enforcement, military, paramilitary, governmental, and intelligence agencies. Israel has a strong military; and a well-known secret is that they have nuclear weapons. They have an air force that is often considered to be second to none in the world. It is a tradition that every IDF recruit hikes up Masada to remember how the Romans slaughtered their people in AD 73, and then the recruits vow, “Never again.” 

According to the Gesenius Hebrew Lexicon betach (בֶּטַח) means:  

“(1) confidence, and adv. confidently, with confident mind, Gen. 34:25., (2) security, Isa. 32:17. In other places always (לָבֶ֖טַח) labetach and (בֶּטַח) betach adv.—(a) means without danger and/or fear, securely.”250 

Israeli Varda Spiegel, who was a Nurse-Director of the Bedouin Mobile Unit of the Negev, stated in the Times of Israel article, “When Israelis feel safe, and Americans don’t”:  

“My friends and relatives in the U.S. were concerned for my safety, but I feel no sense of danger … It dawned on me that Israelis are trained from birth to assume that they are safe and to recite to themselves the reasons that they are in all likelihood safe whenever they face danger.”251 

There is a sense of security, even though it may not be completely real, or completely accurate, but there is a sense of having security. It is a feeling akin to that of a person who is safe in a lighthouse while dangerous waves are crashing around. 

We see this sense of security many times in the Scripture. “For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy” (Ps 61:3). Danger is out there, but in God, a person is safe.  

  • Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope [לָבֶֽטַח labetach] (Ps 16:9).  
  • And He led them on safely [לָבֶֽטַח labetach], so that they did not fear; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies (Ps 78:53). 

The same phenomenon is described in Jeremiah 49; though Hazor is sitting safely, this security can be potentially threatened. 

“For Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has taken counsel against you, and has conceived a plan against you (Jer 49:30). “Arise, go up to the wealthy nation that dwells securely [לָבֶ֖טַח יוֹשֵׁ֥ב] yoshev labetach]” (Jer 49:31). 

This kind of safety means that life goes on undisturbed—business as usual—and those who dwell there are unsuspecting of changes, and are possibly overconfident in their own ability to defend themselves. Thus, God will destroy those who think they are safe. “And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security [לָבֶ֑טַח labetach] in the coastlands (Ezek 39:6). 

We see in Ezekiel 38:8 that they are sitting, they are dwelling securely [וְיָשְׁב֥וּ לָבֶ֖טַח כֻּלָּֽם yâshavu labetach kulám].  

There have been nations that were dwelling securely only to have it change quickly. Gideon, for example, went to the tents of “Nobah and Jogbehah and he attacked the army while the camp felt secure [וַיַּךְ֙ אֶת־ הַֽמַּחֲנֶ֔ה וְהַֽמַּחֲנֶ֖ה הָ֥יָה בֶֽטַח]” (Judg 8:11). In the Hebrew, the word felt is missing; it actually says, “they were secure.” We see this again regarding five men who went to Laish: “They saw the people who were there, how they dwelt safely [יוֹשֶֽׁבֶת־ לָ֠בֶטַח] … quiet and secure” (Judg 18:7). In both cases, the people were safe, that is, at least until the Israelites attacked them. 

Labetach does not mean that there is no threat of an enemy. It is the sense of being or feeling safe and secure. Israel will feel secure at the time of Gog’s invasion, but it will not be an overall godly country. Unfortunately, not every Israeli knows God. Some do, with all their heart, passionately and fervently know and love God, but many do not. 

Profaning God’s Name  

We read in Ezekiel 39:7, “… I will give you [Gog] to birds; “I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore… (Ezek 39:7). Israel is profaning God’s name by many who live in contradiction to his Torah. Sadly, He is not known in their midst.  

God will not allow His name to be profaned any longer, which means there are Israelis who are profaning his name. According to Wowtravel.me: “Tel Aviv” is the most gay-friendly city, not only in the Middle East, but in the entire world.252 

 Unfortunately, many people in Modern Israel, who ought to be living for God, are in many cases, far from him. To be clear, there are many Messianic Jewish believers who love Yeshua with all their heart, with all their strength, with all their soul. There are many Orthodox who fervently love the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We must not paint too broadly here, but we also do not want to ignore the evidence that there are many in the land of Israel who are profaning God’s name. Homosexuality is of course only one example. One of the reasons God says He is going to cause Gog to fall is because “… I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore…” (Ezek 39:7). 

The incredibly sophisticated prophecy of the children of Israel being brought back into their land has been fulfilled, despite Hitler trying to wipe them out. That is an astonishing fulfillment of prophecy that happened in 1948 when the nation was established. So they were brought back, but not everybody knows the name of the Lord. 

Israel was a Continual Waste  

Figure 36. From Jews on the Move – https://bit.ly/3qSkuwW 

“The land whose people were gathered from many peoples upon the mountains of Israel, which had been a continual waste” (Ezek 38:8a). 

The Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD and again in 135 AD. After the second Jewish revolt in 135 AD, the Jews were warned not to return to Jerusalem, upon pain of death. They were then dispersed to the four corners of the earth―without a homeland for nearly 1,900 years in the Diaspora.  

Figure 37. Jerusalem by David Roberts. 

Interestingly, the American writer Mark Twain wrote in 1867 about the land of Israel, which at the time was called Palestine:  

“Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes … the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies … Palestine is desolate and unlovely … It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land.”253 

The Jerusalem Post writes:  

“Six hundred years before Twain’s visit, another famous visitor with a nom de plume was struck by Jerusalem’s desolation. Rabbi Moses ben Nachman, known as Naḥmanides (1194-1270), fled Christian Spain for the Land of Israel. After a long and perilous journey, Naḥmanides arrived at the Port of Acre before traveling to Jerusalem in 1267, where he couldn’t even find nine other Jews to pray with [He could not find a minion, you need 10 for a minion and he couldn’t not find even nine other Jews]. He wrote to his son, “Many are Israel’s forsaken places, and great is the desecration. The more sacred the place, the greater the devastation it has suffered. Jerusalem is the most desolate place of all.” 

Naḥmanides wrote concerning Israel’s desolation, but he said it was a blessing in disguise. Commenting on a verse in Leviticus that describes the curses that will befall the land of Israel, Naḥmanides wrote that the devastation “constitutes a good tiding, proclaiming that during all our exiles, our land will not accept our enemies… Since the time that we left it, [the land] has not accepted any nation or people, and they all try to settle it… This is a great proof and assurance to us.”254 

Amazing! Even though the land had nothing, Naḥmanides said it was actually good news because nobody could settle there, and nobody would want the land. Not to say that it was completely devoid of people, but there was no major settlement in the area.  

Rabbi Menachem Kohen of Brooklyn discovered that the land of Israel had: “suffered an unprecedented, severe and inexplicable (by anything other than supernatural explanations) drought that lasted from the first century until the 20th —a period of 1,800 years coinciding with the forced dispersion of the Jews.”255 And just as it says in Ezekiel 38: the land “… which had been a continual waste” (Ezek 38:8). This reminds us of Deuteronomy 29:  

“So that the coming generation of your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, would say, when they see the plagues of that land and the sicknesses which the LORD has laid on it: ‘The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in His anger and His wrath’” (Deut 29:22–23). 

Journalist Joseph Farah, prompted by the research of Rabbi Kohen, later discovered that only after the Jews returned did the rain begin to come, he says, “For 1,800 years, it hardly ever rained in Israel. This was the barren land discovered by Mark Twain. So-called “Palestine” was a wasteland—nobody lived there. There was no indigenous Arab population to speak of. It only came after the Jews came back. Beginning in AD 70 and lasting until the early 1900s—about 660,000 days—no rain. 

 He examined the rainfall data for 150 years in Israel beginning in the early 1800s and leading up to the 1960s. He discovered “increasing rainfall almost every single year—with the heaviest rainfall coming in and around 1948 and 1967.”256 There was no rain until Judah came back. Jesus said the generation that sees these things will by no means pass away till all these things take place.  

It is amazing when we put scriptures together and we look at the prophecies, how all this has come together. Jesus spoke of the desolation that was to come upon the leadership of Jerusalem because they rejected him as Messiah.  

In the previous chapter, Jesus spoke of how He wanted to gather Jerusalem:  

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matt 23:37). “See! Your house is left to you desolate” (Matt 23:38). 

Shortly after stating their house would be desolate, as Jesus was coming up to Jerusalem, He cursed a fig tree:  

“And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away” (Matt 21:19).  

Jesus cursed that tree Monday morning. He then probably told the parable of the Fig Tree later Monday afternoon, or possibly on Tuesday. 

Figure 38 Fig tree with unripe figs. Image by Vane Monte from Pixabay. 

“A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ And his worker replied: ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down’” (Lk 13:6–9).  

Then, He told his disciples, in the Olivet Discourse: “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: (Matt 24:32–33). What are we supposed to learn from a fig tree? Jesus tells us: “When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near” (Matt 24:32–33).  

The disciples who had studied the scriptures would have known that the scriptural references about the fig tree represent the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  

  • Speaking there of the House of Israel: 
  • “… I saw your fathers as the firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season (Hos 9:10).  
  • Speaking of the House of Judah:  
  • For a nation has come up against My land, … He has laid waste My vine, and ruined My fig tree; (Joel 1:6-7). 
  • Thus says the LORD … “Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good…the bad figs… will I give up Zedekiah the king of Judah, his princes, the residue of Jerusalem…” (Jer 24:3, 5, 8).  

When Jesus said, learn a lesson from the fig tree, was He just giving an agricultural lesson? Jesus never wasted words. The parable of the fig tree was to teach us something important about the prophetic future of the whole House of Israel.  

What is a Generation?  

What is a generation? The biblical data suggests it equals the lifetime of a person, somewhere between 60 years and 100 years. Notice in Matthew 1: all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations … (Matt 1:17). Also: “And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation” (Exod 1:6). It equals the lifetime of a person.  

A generation can have many overlapping generations. For example, my parent’s generation lived, and many remain alive in my generation, and my kids can talk about my generation even though we are overlapping. We see this in Numbers 32: 

“…none of the men … from twenty years old and above, shall see the land … He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD was gone” (Num 32:11, 13).  

It is simple math, 20 plus 40 is 60—that seems to be the minimum for a biblical generation. We read in Psalm 90:10, “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years …” (Psa 90:10). This seems to be the golden mean―that is 70 or 80—it gives us a realistic picture of a generation.257 We also have an upper limit God said to Abraham: “… your descendants will be strangers four hundred years (Gen 15:13). But in the fourth generation they shall return here” (Gen 15:16). 400 divided by 4; perhaps a generation is 100 years. It might even be 120 years since that is how long Moses lived. We cannot be dogmatic on this issue.  

Jesus said, “… This258 generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place” (Matt 24:34); And, “Learn this parable from the fig tree, when you see its branch become tender and put forth leaves, you know that summer is near, even at the doors.” The generation He was talking about was not the generation that lived in His days, but the generation that sees the things He spoke about; that sees “the time of Jacob’s trouble [tribulation צָרָ֥ה] ….” (Jer 30:7), “… great tribulation, such as has not been [on the earth] since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matt 24:21). “That” generation will see how “unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved …” (Matt 24:22a). “That” generation will see how “for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matt 24:22b). “That” generation will be the one that calls upon Jesus.  

Both the prophets and Jesus declared that Israel was a cursed fig tree. Israel’s branches began budding in May 14, 1948. An ancient Christian confirmation of this is the Apocalypse of Peter, penned around the second Jewish revolt in 135 AD, when Hadrian told the Jews if they came back to Jerusalem they would die. The Apocalypse of Peter understood the fig tree to mean Israel, who would come back in the latter days.  

“What are the signs of thy coming and of the end of the world, that we may perceive and mark the time of thy coming […]? The answer is the fig-tree: so soon as the shoot thereof is come forth and the twigs grown, the end of the world shall come. … the fig-tree is the house of Israel … when the twigs thereof have sprouted forth in the last days …” 

Speaking of the birth of the fig tree and all the trees, we read in Isaiah 66:  

“Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children” (Isa 66:8). 

Figure 39. Palestine Post 1948: Israel is Born. 

May 14, 1948, modern Israel (the fig tree) declared independence. This was ratified by the United Nations. Could it be that they were literally born in a day and the day in which a generation could be measured against? The evidence suggests ―that Israel was born in a day.  

“Look at the fig tree, and all the trees, When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. You also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place” (Luke 21:29–32). 

Figure 40. Analogy of “all these trees” budding together with Israel. 

If the modern state of Israel is the fig tree, who are “all these trees”? If we are going to be consistent, and if we are going to say the fig tree represents Israel, then we should also deal with all these trees. And what is so astounding about this is that the nations that surround Israel were likewise established as nation states right around the time that Israel was established. Lebanon was established in 1943. Jordan was established in 1946. Egypt, established in 1952, and Syria, was established in 1946. It is amazing how all the other trees—the ones surrounding Israel—are budding as well.  

If the evidence is suggesting that the fig tree is Israel, and that when you see it bud, you know that summer is near. This is a fulfillment of the prophecy in Ezekiel 38:  

“In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword [World War 2] and gathered from many people peoples [They were gathered from many, many nations] on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely” (Ezek 38:8). 

We saw that there was no rain for about 660,000 days. We have confirmation from Mark Twain and from Naḥmanides that the land was desolate. It began to rain right after the modern state of Israel was born. We know that in the modern state of Israel they are not all worshipping God. Many of them, sadly, are profaning his name. Nevertheless, we see these prophecies coming together, which tells us we are close. If we define a generation by taking the numbers from Psalm 90, (70 years are the days of our lives) that year has already passed. That means from 1948 to 2018, if that were the year, then we missed it. Could it be 2028? Maybe! Do not sell your house. Do not quit your job. If a generation is 100 years, that will take us to 2048, which is also incredibly significant if indeed that were the time of the Lord’s return, which in turn would put the abomination of desolation 3.5 years earlier, which would be 2045. Is it just a coincidence that the transhumanists are telling us that they believe we will achieve, or maybe they will achieve, the singularity where man and machine meld into one by 2045? We will have to wait and see. 

Table 9. The Beast’s 1260 days of horror. 

Gog, Son of Death / Perdition, the Ancient Leader Revealed 

Chapter 14 of Corrupting the Image 3 : Gog, Son of Death / Perdition, the Ancient Leader Revealed 

The Bible has a GREAT deal to say about the coming end-times leader who will unite the world in battle against Jesus. In Corrupting the Image 2, we studied about the coming of the Beast who “was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition” (Rev 17:8), the one who is called “the son of perdition” (2 Thess 2:3–4). We determined that Satan and a man will fuse to become the god of death incarnate. We learned that Satan’s many names, such as BAD, Nergal, Pabilsag, and many others, were all related to death. This hybridized individual will lead the world in a war against God Himself.  

Ezekiel also prophesied about this individual known as Gog, who would come against Israel in the last days (Ezek 38:8) with his “great host” (Ezek 38:4), and “his hordes and the many peoples who are with him” whom God will destroy with “torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur” (Ezek 38:22). God declares that Gog’s presence will be overwhelming in Israel and, when he comes, God will be sanctified: 

“You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am sanctified in you, O Gog, before their eyes” (Ezek 38:16).  

According to Ezekiel, God was declaring for years through the prophets that He would bring Gog against Israel. 

“Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?’” (Ezek 38:17). 

But where in Scripture was God talking about Gog? By the name Gog we do not find any such occurrence. Gog190 is used only in Ezekiel 38 and 39, and once in Revelation 20.191  

Modern lexicons, such as the Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible, the NASB Lexicon, Strong’s, and Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew English Lexicon all comment how the etymology of Gog is uncertain, which is to say, Gog from Ezekiel 38 and 39 is likely not of Hebrew origin. Consequently, scholars have looked for clues about Gog’s identity in other languages, civilizations and events that might qualify linguistically; but ultimately they have failed, assuming they happened before Ezekiel.192 Josephus suggested Gog as leaders of the Scythians,193 a people (after Ezekiel) who lived on the fringe of the Roman Empire and invaded it from the northeast (ca. 3rd century BC).194 Yet his suggestion also fails (like the others) because God said Gog would invade Israel, not the Roman Empire! Furthermore, God said Gog would come in the latter years and last days to a people brought back from the sword, whom we will see are the Jews who returned from the Holocaust. 

Second Temple Literature on Gog 

Second Temple literature understood Gog to be the quintessential enemy of Israel, who would emerge in the last days, and then be destroyed by King Messiah. Interestingly, the Septuagint manuscripts seem to equate him with Og, king of [the] Bashan. The Dictionary of Deities and Demons of the Bible explains that Gog “is a cipher for the evil darkness of the north and personifies the powers hostile to the lord.”195  

The Targum of Palestine (Neofiti) in Numbers 11:26 says: “At the end, the end of the days, will Gog and Magog and his host come up against Jerusalem; but by the hand of the King Meshiha [Messiah] they will fall.” The Babylonian Talmud Abuda Zara 3b (Idolatry) Chapter 1 echoes the Targum: 

“They will see the war of Gog and Magog, and will question them: ‘With whom do you want to fight?’ Whereto the answer will be: ‘With the Lord and his Messiah’ [as it reads [Psalm ii. 2]: ‘Against the Lord and his anointed’]” 

The Jewish Encyclopedia notes that Rabbi R. Eliezer: “Mentions the Gog and Magog war together with the Messianic woes and the Last Judgment as the three modes of divine chastisement preceding the millennium. The destruction of Gog and Magog’s army implies not … the extermination of the Gentile world at the close of the Messianic reign, but the annihilation of the heathen powers who oppose the kingdom of God and the establishing of the Messianic reign.196  

In other words, the battle of Gog and Magog is the final conflict; it is the battle of the Day of the Lord as spoken of by Isaiah, Daniel, Habakkuk, and many others. These considerations harmonize perfectly with Revelation, which says that the whole world will make war against Jesus. 

According to Syriac Apocalypse Baruch 11:1–2, Gog alone will survive the battle and will be brought “bound before the Messiah on Mount Zion and judged and slain.” According to II Esd. xiii. 9 et seq., “fire will issue forth from the mouth of the Messiah and consume the whole army. 197 

Such language readily identifies Gog with the Beast in both Daniel and Revelation; and the Son of Perdition from Paul’s writings: 

  • the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet … These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur (Rev 19:20). 
  • … as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire (Dan 7:11).  
  • the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming (2 Thess 2:8).  

Paul was likely drawing upon Isaiah 11 where the Messiah: “with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked [LXX ungodly one]” (Isa 11:4).  

The Babylonian Talmud, tractate Aboth, discusses how the Shekhina—the manifest presence of God—appears ten times throughout history. In the Garden of Eden, at the tower of Babel, at Sodom and Gomorrah, etc. Finally, “it will come down in the days of Gog and Magog, as it is written [Zech. xiv. 4]: “And his feet will stand on that day upon the Mount of Olives.”198  

 The Babylonian Talmud, tractate Pesachim, chapter 10 pairs the battle of Gog and Magog with the time of Jacob’s trouble in Daniel 12:1 and Jeremiah 30:7: 

R. Johanan said that it refers to the time of the war of Gog and Magog (which will occur just before the coming of the Messiah and will be the worst period for the Israelites to pass through).199 

Maimonides, the great medieval Jewish commentator, writes in Guide for the Perplexed about how the Day of the Lord, spoken of in Joel 3:3–5, may be interpreted as “an account of the defeat of Gog and Magog near Jerusalem in the days of the Messiah.”200 

In the sources we have just reviewed, Gog was clearly understood to be the definitive end-times enemy who will rise up against Israel in the final battle of the Day of the Lord, whom the Messiah would personally destroy with the breath of his mouth just before the establishment of the Messianic reign. Revelation calls this final battle, Armageddon. The names are slightly different, but the set and characters are all the same (which we will examine in more detail later). 

While those ancient sources considered Gog to be equivalent to the Beast of Daniel and Revelation, Gog’s name itself continues to shroud him in mystery. What is amazing is that Gog actually means death, enmity, and is yet another epithet for Satan.  

Gog is the Enemy (Sumerian Evidence)  

Just as we traced the great dragon, the Beast and the woman who rides it back to Shinar (some evidence being a review from Corrupting the Image 2), the solution to the Gog question is also resolved there as well. In 1914, A. Van Hoonacker suggested, “Gog” came from the Sumerian “gug” (‘black spot’, ‘cornelian,’ or ‘shining’) and is thus a metaphor for evil.201 His suggestion is confirmed by the University of Pennsylvania Sumerian online lexicon, which lists variations of “gug,” though Hoonacker may have stopped prematurely since he did not mention entries “gug5 “enmity, hostility” and the related gug6 “stick; weapon” and gug6 “tooth; blade; beak; dog bite” (Akk. Nišik).202 

John A. Halloran, in his Sumerian Lexicon, points out that “gug5: hostility, war (might be reduplicated ug5,7,8, ‘to kill; to die’).”203 In linguistics, reduplication is the process in which a part of a word is repeated, sometimes with a slight change. Daniel A. Foxvog, in his Introduction to Sumerian Grammar explains the reduplication of a noun: “reduplication may signify either intensification of the adjectival idea or plurality of the modified noun. Thus, diĝir gal-gal might indicate ‘the very great god’ or more usually ‘the great gods.’204 

In Corrupting the Image Vol 2, we discovered the Sumerian logogram (pictogram, cuneiform symbol) BAD (IDIM) 205 (Akkadian mūtu and ÚŠ / UG) is written on the Mt. Hermon inscription and is the logogram of Enlil, Dagan, Ug (death), Nergal (god of death and the underworld). When the logogram BAD.BAD reduplicated i.e. “ugx(|BAD.BAD|)”206 it is written “GUG” and means “hostility, war,” otherwise known as enmity.  

This revelation is nothing short of mind-blowing. “Enmity” naturally draws our attention to Genesis 3:15, where Satan the dragon swindled Adam and Eve, and God declared war: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her Seed” (Gen 3:15). This is an accurate description of Satan and his kingdom. He is the enemy; we often refer to him as the adversary. Some of the other lexical entries for GUG reveal the notion of enmity and hostility. Satan, the enemy, has incited his followers to destroy us using weapons gug6 “stick; weapon” (Akk. Kakku) or by using “gug6 “tooth; blade,” and the like. Peter tells us, “Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion” (1 Pet 5:8).  

Therefore, we have the attested linguistic evidence, which informs us that “gug” could become “gog,” in addition to the many already noted parallels. Gog comes from Sumerian GUG meaning death, enmity, hostility. What an incredible description of the one who brings the world together to fight against the King of Kings! It is none other than Enmity / Death himself. It is BATios, Satan, the god of death, who we saw in Corrupting the Image 2: “According to the command of the great bull-god (Batios) Satan, those swearing an oath in this place go forth.” Recall that the scribes likely called Satan, BATios because that one term described many conscious syncretisms such as Enlil, Dagan, Ninurta, and Baal.207 

Hence, Satan, the god known by the logogram BAD (known locally as Enlil and his son Ninurta in Mesopotamia, and as Dagan and his son Ba’al in Syria) was sometimes represented by the reduplicated logogram ug.ug = BAD.BAD which when transliterated (spoken) was / is GUG. If the reduplication indicates intensification, then OG morphing to GOG tells us he is named the “Deadliest Death,” the “Darkest Darkness,” the most hateful hater-of-God and the #1 Enemy of man. Amazingly, there is yet another facet to this mystery!  

Gog is also Ninurta! 

In Corrupting the Image 2, we considered extensive evidence showing that Ninurta was Nimrod, the rebel. We also discovered that Nimrod was the avatar of Satan and held his power, throne, and great authority, as the Beast will do. We have seen that Satan and the Beast are going to fuse into his avatar in the future; and what is so amazing is that the name “Gog” identifies as both Satan and Nimrod! Let’s go back to Amos 5 where the prophet spoke of Nimrod and Satan: 

“You also carried along Sikkuth your king and Kiyyun, your images, the star of your gods which you made for yourselves” (Amos 5:26 NASB).208 

Amar Annus notes that some scholars identify the astral divinity Sikkuth (Sakkud= skwt) with BAD (Ninurta):  

“… skwt originates from SAG.KUD and the deity Sakkuth was worshipped in Samaria during Amos’ time (cf. 2 Kgs 17:30). What is curious in the biblical passage is the attribute “your king” (mlkkm) to skwt which fits Ninurta as the god of kingship. One might suggest that the Amos passage reflects peripheral Mesopotamian traditions diffused into Samaria. The second divine element, kywn, [Kiyyun] almost certainly corresponds to Akkadian kajjamanu (SAG.UŠ) “Saturn.”209 

Chief Head = Rosh SAG.UŠ 

Saturn’s Sumerian name is SAG.UŠ. SAG means “chief, head” saĝ, which in Old Babylonian, means ”head; person; capital” and in Akkadian, qaqqadu; rēšu,210 (similar to the Hebrew rosh.”) UŠ means “death, dead, dying,” related to UG211 and to GUG and to BATios. Therefore, SAG.UŠ means the “head of death!” Amos reports that Israel was worshiping their “king” Sikkut / Sakkuth. 

The association of chief (head) of death fits very well with what God said to Ezekiel: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him” (Ezek 38:2).  

The question arises as to whether ‘Rosh212 is a place name or a descriptive adjective modifying ‘prince.’ “Aquila, the Targum, and Jerome (Latin Vulgate) viewed rosh adjectively—‘chief prince,’213 which corresponds perfectly with the god Sikkuth / SAG.UŠ or head (rosh) of death. When we recall that Gog is the latest in a long line of epithets for Satan, then it makes sense that he is the chief prince. After all, though lesser demons are doing his bidding, he is king of them all. He is the chief prince of Tyre (Melqart, see Corrupting the Image 2) and the king of Babylon. 

“Take up this proverb against the king of Babylon … (Isa 14:4) “Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the [Rephaim] (the dead), for you, all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations (Isa 14:9). They all shall speak and say to you: ‘Have you also become as weak as we? Have you become like us?’” (Isa 14:10) … “How you are fallen from heaven, O Enlil [Heilel (הַלֵּל)], son of the morning! …” (Isa 14:12).  

This is showing that he is the chief above them all. Of course, we recall that Satan is called “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph 2:2) and “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31), just as Michael is “one of the chief princes” (Dan 10:13) of the good guys. So too, Satan is the head prince of the bad guys. Further corroboration comes from the name, Pabilsag.  

Pabilsag comes from Old Babylonian and means a “relation.” In Akkadian, it is “abu,” which of course is related to the Hebrew אבAb (father), or Aramaic, Abba. The infix “bilga,” also Old Babylonian, means “male ancestor.” Lastly, SAĜ means “head; person; capital,” (Akkadian, qaqqadu; rēšu, like the Hebrew “rosh”).214 

Pabilsag, then, was the head / chief or “principal ancestor.” Pabilsag, as indicated by his name, was clearly someone the Mesopotamians believed to be of great importance, who was the chief of all their ancestors. He was considered a son of the god Enlil and was syncretized with Ningirsu / Ninurta. Pabilsag’s association with the netherworld could be due to his syncretism with the underworld deity, Nergal.215 Thus, he is the principal ancestor and Ninurta / Nimrod, son of Enlil, who became a hybrid. When we compare Pabilsag’s bio with Revelation 9, a startling realization comes into focus: The god that the House of Israel was worshiping will return in the last days.  

Ninurta, Son of Enlil, is the Arrow 

The name Sukuth was, probably from Assyro-Babylonian Shukudu … the brightest star in the night sky”216 (recall that gug means “[to be] bright”). Amar Annus notes that “the arrow (šukudu) … Ninurta’s star Sirius and … might be a metaphor for Ninurta himself…”217 We learned how the theme of GUG “enmity” is also expressed as (gug6) “stick; weapon” (Akk. Kakku) and (gug6) “tooth; blade; beak; dog bite” (Akk. nišik kalbi; šinnu) which are tools of death, very much like how “Ninurta himself is an ‘arrow.’”  

The first century Jewish apocalyptists used similar language suggesting Belial and his hordes will come out of the underworld with arrows flying. The apocalyptists were seeing what Satan (Mesopotamian Enlil) had been projecting all along; that he, or his proxy, was the great, invincible dragon that you did not want to mess with.218 

 In other words, Ninurta is known as the Arrow, which in an astronomical setting is the star, Sirius. The imagery of gods as stars reminds us of the language of Revelation in which angels are frequently symbolized as stars. In John’s vision of Revelation, Jesus has seven stars in his right hand. Jesus reveals the mystery “… The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches… (Rev 1:20). Thus, there are seven stars or seven angels (messengers) to God’s redeemed people. It is interesting that another word for “arrow” (mulmullu, Sumerian mul.mul) is related to the Pleiades, which again reminds us of Nergal’s planet, Mars (Sal.bat.anu)219. Amar Annus explains that:  

The Pleiades were thought to bring war and destruction – “the warlike gods, who carry bow and arrow, whose rising means war.” It is worth noting that the month of Ningirsu in Astrolabe B, Iyyar, is also referred to as “the month of the Pleiades, the Seven Great Gods” (KAV 218 A i 12f and 19).  

The star was a symbol of Ninurta, the arrow, and even known as “gabbar” (like the Hebrew “gibbor” hero). Annus comments that, “Marduk’s arrows (mulmullu) …and šukudu referred to the god’s arrow which killed his enemy.”220 

From the previous evidence, we see that Sukkut refers to an arrow, as well as Ninurta. Kiyyun means “steady one.” However, both names also refer to planets or a constellation and both are appellations that involve a hero, a bow, and an arrow. Nimrod was the one who became a gibbor (“hero”); he was a gibbor hunter, and of course, we positively identified him as Ninurta in Corrupting the Image 2. It may be significant that God says He will knock the arrow out of Gog’s hand: 

“Then I will strike your bow from your left hand, and will make your arrows drop out of your right hand” (Ezek 39:3 ESV). 

Conclusion: Gog is the Fusion of Satan and the Beast  

Thus, Ninurta (biblical Nimrod “rebel”) son of Enlil (BAD / BAT (=IDIM) was also known as the star Sirius, Nergal’s Mars star which spreads plague, which was an arrow (šukudu, Sum. GAG); and Ninurta is a syncretism with Nergal, king of the dead. The Sumerian Gug “death, enmity, hostility” is a form of the logogram BAD. 

We have the linguistic evidence that the Sumerian “gug” could become “gog” and “gag” (arrow) could become “gog.” Amazingly, both terms fit perfectly from the evidence we have examined. And what a picture! God said there would be enmity between Satan and the woman, between his seed and her seed (Gen 3:15), and Peter tells us, “your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Pet 5:8)221 

In other words, GUG is the ancient enemy Satan (Enlil) and his son, Ninurta is GAG. We have determined Satan and a Nimrod / Ninurta antichrist-figure will merge into the Beast hybrid—the god of death and Sheol, the fallen star and king of the abyss. Who is also known as “destruction”: Abaddon, Apollyon, who manifests in the last days as the Beast who ascends out of the abyss in the time of Jacob’s trouble. Hence, together they become Gog (Enmity, Arrow) in the Bible. Thus Gug/Gag/Gog is yet another epithet for Satan / Enlil and or Ninurta / Nimrod, which answers the question: when did God speak by the prophets about Gog? Answer: all the time!  

Satan was the entity behind all those titles and the one of whom the prophets spoke, starting in Genesis 3, “I will cause enmity between you and the woman.” Then every time there was a reference to Satan’s many epithets such as: Heilel / Enlil / Ellil (King of Babylon) Isa 14:12, Melqart (King of Tyre) Ezek 28, Ninurta / Nergal / Pabilsag (2 Kings 17:30), Sikkut (Amos 5:26), Enlil (Satan)—the “father” of Ninurta, which the Bible deliberately transformed into “Nimrod” the Rebel. Enlil and Ninurta had many syncretisms such as Marduk / MARTU / Bel / Baal and many shared a common Sumerian logogram BAD/BAT/BE. Gog will simply be his final alias before being defeated by Jesus. In fact, in Revelation 13, John saw “a beast rising up” and “on his heads a blasphemous name” (Rev 13:1). Later in Revelation 17, John saw a “woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy” (Rev 17:3). The Beast has many names, which defy and slander the good name and character of the God of Israel.  

Will World War Three Come Before the Great Tribulation?

World War Three is the event that will get the world ready for the coming time of Jacob’s trouble even though as a kid I saw many movies showing me that World War Three would be the end of the world for all effective purposes. However, the Bible is clear that the earth will not end in one final burst of nuclear weapons or the like. Rather, we see that there will be a seven year period in which a series of judgments occur upon planet earth. The seven years will culminate in the beast, the false prophet, and the nations of the earth united to fight against Him who sits upon a horse and those that come with Him – that is, the world is united to fight against Yeshua/Jesus. The nations at the end of the Great Tribulation will not be fighting against each other in that day. Biblically, WWIII is called the war of Gog and Magog and is found in Ezekiel 38-39.

In the study I talk about Albert Pike’s vision of the coming three world wars. He received this vision in 1871 – years before the first world war. I have included his vision below.

Mason, Illuminist, and founder of the KKK Albert Pike

Mason Historian, Founder of the KKK, Illuminati Member

Mason Historian, Founder of the KKK, Illuminati Member

“The Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine. . . Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay (Jesus) is also God.”  A.C. De La Rive, La Femme et l’enfant dans la Franc-Maconnerie Universelle, p. 588; Lady Queenborough,Occult Theocracy pp. 220-221.

Albert Pike received a vision, which he described in a letter (August 15, 1871).

World War One

The First World War must be brought about in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars in Russia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. The divergences caused by the “agentur” (agents) of the Illuminati between the British and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. At the end of the war, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions.

World War Two

The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm.”

World War Three

The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion… We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time.
We are essentially reading the enemies mail here. The goal is to bring out a series of wars that will culminate in people finally accepting openly Lucifer. Notice that the atheists will be used as well. This is what we see happening today with all of the atheists quite foolishly Atheist Billboardspending their money on billboards and such to convince us that there is no God. It makes sense that we as believers would spend money, time, and effort on reaching the lost – but why would atheists? If there really is no God, then why not just go have fun and not really worry about it like they keep telling us to do?
Listen to the audio below to get a deeper appreciation for what is coming.